by Harley F. Palangchao
Travel has been fatal the past two weeks with three persons killed and scores injured in vehicular accidents in the region, police reported.
On Sept. 23 in Lamut, Ifugao, a vehicular accident resulted in the death of a college professor and a government worker. Three others were injured.
The fatalities were identified as Roselyn Malingan, 28, a teacher of Ifugao State University and Wrechelle Valenciano, 33, and secretary of the mayor’s office of Lamut.
The two fatalities together with three other passengers were onboard a private vehicle owned by Oceana Gold Corp. based in Didipo, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, which figured in an accident when the driver, Esteban Bagiw, failed to control the car while traversing Hapid Road in Sanafe, Lamut.
The five passengers were picked by the driver at a terminal in Poblacion East, Lamut prior to the incident.
A 70-year-old female also died while two others were injured in a road accident in Pudtol, Apayao on Sept. 20.
Estelita Agmata died while being treated at the Amma Jadsac District Hospital in Pudtol while two other passengers sustained injuries when the motorcycle with sidecar they were riding collided with another motorcycle in Pudtol.
In Abra, two drivers sustained bruises when the vehicles they were driving collided in Barangay Lenneng, Licuan-Baay on Sept. 21.
In Baguio, a driver of a public utility jeepney accidentally bumped two female students along T. Alonzo Street on Sept. 14.
Driver Jackson B. Ago 18 years old, rushed students Gracie dela Cruz Mirador and Lea Marie Jamilla Lego to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. The students were released after treatment.
Road accident is one of the leading causes of death in the Cordillera. From 2012 to 2014, 121 died while 912 were injured due to vehicular accidents.